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June 20, 2018 / Heather

Fail Whales & Ink Machines

So a few weeks ago while at work we had an interesting conversation. For some time we had all been playing with puppets getting them ready for our world. During one conversation a coworker grabbed a whale puppet and moved it while saying “That deserves a fail whale!” And guys…

I LOST MY MIND LAUGHING!!!

The last time I’d heard of the fail whale reference was when Twitter was so heavily used that it regularly crashed so it’s been over 5 years since I’ve seen it because I use Twitter less and less it seems. I don’t even remember the conversation, I just remember fail whale and laughing my head off.

On the topic of ink machines, there is a game I have been meaning to play but still haven’t yet called Bendy and the Ink Machine. It’s a horror game, but reminds me of classic original Disney with character design and the feel.

You play as a man who left this animation studio 30 years prior and you’re back by invitation to come meet with your former partner. And things get crazy.

That’s all I know because as I said I haven’t played it yet.

I’ll be back to talking about writing next week.

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June 12, 2018 / Heather

Back at it

Sorry there was no post last week guys.

I’m back at the story, working on more edits and revisions and trying to not rewrite the entire story while filling plot holes and answering questions.

I was hoping to get some work done last weekend, but I won’t hide it, the weekend was hard. It was the lowest I have felt for a long time. My emotions swing the spectrum and last weekend was proof of it for sure. I’m not sure I can describe just how “off” I was.

In good news I reconnected with a friend so I had a decent support system going in a way. Catfish was putting up with mood swings and my other friend was putting up and reassuring me that I wasn’t being annoying throwing random thoughts at the wall so to speak.

I did have a draft started for last week and it’s something I really want to post at some time and I will. Just have to flesh it out. While I’m sitting here working on edits and thinking I wanted to make a post about being low.

I have no idea how to properly end this post, so I will end it with the following.

If you’re struggling with low moments my heart goes out to you. We all have them, but some have more of them than others and some people don’t have or don’t feel they have a support system. You all get hugs if you want them. We are all struggling with things each day.

Also, enjoy a picture of my dog being the most gooberish thing.

Peace everyone.

~Heather/Razor/Shavor

May 30, 2018 / Heather

Heat

The weather where I’m at is currently far too hot for it’s own good.

Add to it, one of our buildings at work was having cooling problems today. I felt horrible for one of my coworkers because he was in that building.

All I want to do is lie in a pool filled with ice water and read. Or sleep. I could sleep in a pool full of ice water right now…

But alas, I have to wait for weather to cool down.

I have made no progress with the story at this moment in time. No reason why, just haven’t made any progress. Kind of a slump month I guess.

I smile whenever I see any notes relating to the story. Which would be any time I open my planner so almost daily… Yep, I’m a nerd.

I kind of have a plan for what story will be following Unexpected Moments, though. And I’m seriously excited about that one.

For now, I’m going to enjoy where I’m at (story wise, remember I’m apparently living in Hell at the moment). 🌡️☀️🔥 Why is there no melting snowman emoji?

Stay comfortable everyone. Don’t melt. Or freeze for those of you suffering through winter right now.

~Heather/Razor/Shavor

May 24, 2018 / Heather

Snowbound Reception

Hey everyone,

I was lying in bed last night when I realized I never had a post drafted or scheduled so nothing came through yesterday. I’m slipping.

What did I do yesterday? I kind of panicked I guess. Last night was the reception for the Snowbound Writers’ Contest. Last year I got 3rd place, this year I got 2nd. Both times I’ve placed were with pieces about exes of mine. So I guess that would say something about the emotion that is brought on when I think of them. Last year it was about missing an ex who has been a friend. We realize our relationship attempts failed and we still had enough respect for each other that we wanted to stay friends. We had a lot of shared interests and there were things we felt comfortable telling each other and I’d seen him through his dad coming back into the picture and then dying just as they were forming a bond and he helped me reel in my anger when he knew it was getting to the point it was consuming me. He saw me through a lot of darkness.

This year it was a piece about an ex who for all intents and purposes I feel ruined my emotional health. Multiple times he cheated on me, added to anxiety, and for the longest time I associated so much good music with him that I couldn’t listen to anything by those artists for years. I still have to be careful what pieces I listen to, but I’m getting there. The trick is to make new memories to combat and override the bad ones from him.

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Sorry if the image is king of big, but it’s the best I could do at the moment and I didn’t want to copy/paste the piece. Inspired partly by the song “Breakeven” by The Script. I love that song and even though it’s sad I listen to it and it brings back happy thoughts and just brings me a lot of piece.

If you’re looking for Unexpected Moments updates I don’t have any at the moment. I did some planning on the revision/edit round 2 process, but we’ll see if I stick to that or if something else comes up or happens. I’m playing around with a few other things too. Like formatting (yes, still) and the idea of putting other books out. I think I know what story I want to get out after Unexpected Moments. It’s another one of the stories that I feel a stronger than normal connection to.

If you’re looking for other things of mine to read you’re welcome to browse my DeviantART page as well as my Wattpad account. I hope you all have a peaceful weekend.

~Heather/Razor/Shavor

May 16, 2018 / Heather

Figuring It All Out

So, there’s a lot that’s been going on in my personal life that I’m working around and working through. But this is not the place to talk about that.

This IS, however, the place to talk about what writing is like and how I’m working on things writing-wise.

Like I stated in my last post I finished the first round of edits and I’ve been needing to figure out where to go from there. Which isn’t an easy thing to figure out for me. The options I have right now boiled down to are:

  • Let the story sit for a little while
  • Read through the story without making ANY marks whatsoever
  • Have someone read through it and give feedback (beta reading)
  • Read through with the goal of writing down notes and such things.

On one hand, I like all of these options. On the other hand, I hate all of these options. So I’m still trying to figure out what I’m going to do next. I can only see what I come up with or what path is going to be the best.

Sorry guys, I know this is a small post, but there’s a lot more on my mind than I thought there would be today. I have a bad feeling this week is going to be full-on chaos which actually kind of hurts, really.

Featured the cover for Stephen King’s The Dark Half because the book is amazing, but it’s also about some split-personality type stuff so I felt it was kind of fitting. Might re-read it this year, actually.

~Heather/Razor/Shavor

May 9, 2018 / Heather

Small Breaks

Edit: I wrote this on Sunday and by later that day I’d finished revisions on the story. I’m working on a plan for what to do next.

Hello everyone,

I know there was no post last week and I apologize for that. I had every intention of posting, but… Okay, here goes.

So I currently have Wednesdays as a day off work. I did not request this, it just sort of happened and I’m not going to look this gift horse in the mouth.

Catfish had gone away with some friends for like a week and a half. He came back and last Wednesday we had the day off together. We had planned nothing. Slept in, woke up, and while we were talking about getting up and going for lunch my niece called me. She had some time before she had to go back to work and we hadn’t seen each other for some time. The three of us ended up going out to lunch. We were finishing up and my phone rang. It was my mother.

She had mowed the back yard and was having some trouble and felt like she was going to get sick. My dad was at work and mom didn’t know when he was going to be home and she wanted to let someone know. I wasn’t on the phone with her more than a couple minutes and she had to hang up because she started getting sick. I turned right around and called my dad and let him know what I already let my mom know, that Catfish and I were eating lunch with the niece and we would be down as soon as we could because we were almost done.

Mom’s fine, but that kind of threw this big wrench into the gears of going to the library and getting revisions and blog post done.

Now, some of you might remember that I had the WordPress app on my phone and could have updated at any point.

You would be right about that! But here’s the thing, I wasn’t about to type a blog post on my phone because I had fake nails that not only had an effect on my keyboard typing (guys, these nails cut my typing speed in HALF. HALF!!!) but my texting as well and I wasn’t about to try typing something interesting via phone with those nails because I knew what would happen. It would take me forever and there would be things spelled incorrectly and words that were wrong because I’d have hit a wrong key and autocorrect would go “derp derp” and put a totally different word in for me.

I’m writing this on Sunday and I haven’t done any revisions yet today. I’ll get there soon enough. I have a few other things to do first though. Like hope it rains. We were told there would be storms today guys. There haven’t been yet. Pokemon Go even said it was raining and I looked out the window and there wasn’t any rain in the sky. Hot as hell though compared to what we had even 3 weeks ago. It got too warm too fast.

I will end my ramblings here before this post becomes a mile and a half long. Peace everyone.

~Heather/Razor/Shavor

April 25, 2018 / Heather

Murdering the Revision Process

So last week I had a post that basically boiled down to revisions were killing me for this story. I found out the problem.

Also, this post is going to be short because I’m pressed for time today. Go figure my day off is when I’m pressed for time.

The problem was I was tackling my revisions the wrong way for my method.

When I edited the story I was going through x pages a day and marking thoughts and taking notes on things that would need to change. When I planned out revising the story I was going about it the same way. I was going to do 2 pages a day. That messes up the flow of the story, though.

So I sat down one day after I’d made that post and I found out that if I tackled large chunks of the story I was not only more productive, but it didn’t mess up the flow of the story because I was working with the flow at the same time.

In one sitting while working on the story tackling revisions this new way I was able to get 2 or more weeks worth of what I’d originally planned done in the span of a few hours. Compared to when I tried my originally planned way it took me hours and I still didn’t even get the 2 pages done because I found out I had to rework something at the very beginning of the story. I’m happier with what I have at the beginning now, thankfully. I had some friends give input and that solved a large issue I was having with what I did.

Everything in due time.

Remember guys, if one method doesn’t work, try another.

Off to my next adventure of the day! Finding food before my stomach decides that it’s going to start growling loudly. I ate dinner way too early last night.

Peace everyone. Keep working on what you love.

~Heather/Razor/Shavor

April 18, 2018 / Heather

Revisions Might Be Murder

I’m only revising 2 pages a day of what I’ve got printed out.

And currently it’s murder.

I’m on my first day of revisions and I’ve been at this for what feels like hours. Ir’s maybe been an hour.

I have good notes from my editing, but applying revisions is a whole different beast of storytelling than just marking edits.

The part I’m at is something I don’t know if I just want to remove entirely, or if it’s something I want to rewrite or how I should best go about changing things to keep it part of the story. It’s a good part, but it’s not an actual part of the story. It’s sort of like a prelude into what’s happening. It’s something to get the reader thinking.

But it’s got me wanting to kill it.

Probably does not help when you add in the fact that the cats kept me up half the night because they’re evil little assholes. -_- And no, I’m not joking.

I was gone for a long time Friday and ended up going out with a friend before I went home. Apparently during the time I was gone my dog became possessed by the demon of some long-dead fowl because he learned how to squak! >.<

It was a long week.

Back to revisions! *draws sword*

~Heather/Razor/Shavor

April 11, 2018 / Heather

Next Step

My previous post, Last Page, was pretty much nothing more than me letting you all know that I finished that round of edits for Unexpected Moments. And there wasn’t much more to talk about than that. I finished SUPER early.

But what’s the next step? What do I do next in this adventure?

Revisions.

So that’s what I’ve been contemplating at the moment.

April is a crazy month for me, but this year it seems to be crazier than previous years. I don’t know if that’s just my perspective or if this month is actually busier than it was in prior years or what’s happening.

Here’s the plan:

First, to understand the amount of work I’ve been doing I want to share something I haven’t in the past. The current format of this story.

Unexpected Moments, when I printed it, is 2 pages per sheet of paper. The story is in verse with alternating parts, so this was an easy thing for me to decide when it came to formatting and writing the story. I don’t know if it will stay like this or for how long.

So when I say I’ve edited 2 pages, that means what would be 4 pages of a physical book because 1 page has 2 parts on it.

That sounds kind of confusing, even to me. The closest I can give for an example is that page 1 has both Her 1 and Him 1 on it, for example. Side by side view. I hope that makes more sense than my attempt at an explanation above.

Anywho…

I was editing 3 pages a day as my goal (so 6 parts total because I would do 3 for both of the main characters).

For some people editing and revising is one big step. For me, I’m breaking it into 2 parts to try and keep sane. It also feels like I’m getting more work done this way.

Last night my wrist was not happy with me. Why is that?

I was writing a schedule of revisions. In my planner. Which is a thing I do. Frequently. I use my planner so much. I love the thing! Back to the actual topic at hand! *scolds self for being easily distracted while trying to write this post*

For a revision schedule I’ll be doing 1 page less than my editing schedule. Meaning I’m applying revisions to 2 pages a day (2 parts per character).

Just like with edits if I feel I can do more in a day or sitting I will. If I don’t get wiped out by what’s going on while I revise I can usually keep going. It also depends on where I’m at and what’s going on.

Weather is a challenge. It’s cold right now (and where I’m sitting can’t decide if it wants to pour cold air on me or warm so I’m either comfortable or shivering), but the temperature is supposed to be increasing over the next few days, but then it’s taking another dive before coming back up again. And if my body does what it tends to I will feel awful and not want to crawl out of bed. I’ve had trouble staying warm this year already.

I’m planning on starting revisions Sunday. If I start them sooner, I start them sooner. If not, I start them Sunday. If I’m getting sick or not feeling well then so be it. There’s a reason I’m only aiming for 2 pages a day.

Stay warm/cool, folks. Whatever’s applicable for you.

~Heather/Razor/Shavor

P.S. I have a Facebook page!

April 4, 2018 / Heather

Last Page

So, a few nights ago I was sitting around and I was pretty anxious about something. I don’t remember what, but I do know I started working on editing. I was already a few days ahead. But I finished the rest of the edits.

I finished editing Unexpected Moments.

I finished editing Unexpected Moments slightly over 2 weeks ahead of my plan.

Next step: revisions and rewrites.

~Heather/Razor/Shavor